Pattern: Jalie 2921, modified (see below); Size R
Fabric: Cotton lycra knit from Mood - 1.25 yards. One-way stretch; the pattern calls for two-way, but it really doesn't seem to make a difference.
This was my second time working with this pattern (you can see the first here.) I lengthened it into a dress this time, free-handing the shape on the bottom and adjusting it later to be more a-line and less balloon-like. The top alone calls for 1.25 yds of fabric, so I had to cut carefully to make this work. I ended up cutting the scarf collar with the grain running in the wrong direction since I was running out of fabric, but I think in the end this worked to my advantage; some reviewers have said that their collar pokes out a little at the back of the neck, and I was able to stretch the collar slightly there as I sewed to avoid that issue.
In order to get a nice finish at the neckline on the inside, the pattern instructions have you sew up the front seam after finishing the shoulders, armscye, and collar. I spent ages figuring out how to be sure the pattern matched up in the front while not wasting any fabric since I had so little to work with. I had everything all cut out properly, and then I was so excited and anxious about matching the center seam that I did that first! I was not about to rip out the overedged seam, so I had to do away with the pretty inside finish. And, of course, not doing the pretty finish meant that I didn't even need the center seam anyway! Oh well.
This pattern (whether you remember to follow the instructions or not!) is so great. I'm completely over my fear of knits now! Also, I really have to stop making things with bows on them. Soon 90% of my outfits will involve a bow. Or maybe there isn't anything wrong with that... Emma Pillsbury gets away with it, why can't I?